Thursday 2 pm


Thursday 2 pm

Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemperton

General Session
The Advantage of Disadvantage: How to Transform Adversity into Action

Steve Pemberton's story is about defying seemingly insurmountable odds—overcoming abuse and neglect as an orphan in foster care to become a trail-blazing corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker. His best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, recounts his triumphant life journey and drive to become a man of resilience, determination and vision. Now a major motion picture, A Chance in the World further amplifies Steve's highly motivational messages: believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others and, most of all, persevere. Determined to use his success as a platform to lift up others, Pemberton has made equality, access and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life. He currently serves as chief human resources officer for Globoforce. Prior to that, he had a significant role at Walgreens, where he was the first person in Walgreens' 100-plus year history to hold the position of chief diversity officer.


A Chance in the World Film | Steve Pemberton from Boston College on Vimeo.

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Join us for a KHA Noon Briefing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and learn about key findings from the recent population health survey of Kansas hospital leaders. On this webinar, a panel of Kansas hospital leaders will share current strategies they have implemented to address social determinants of health in their communities.
For more information, contact Healther Fuller, MS, FACHE, at or (785) 452-6102.